Check out John Glenn Astronomy Park

Southeastern Ohio has a new attraction that’s just a few miles from Marietta and Washington County. It’s The John Glenn Astronomy Park in Hocking Hills State Park near Logan.

A grand opening ribbon cutting was held Thursday to coincide with the arrival of summer.

Activities at the park include star and planet gazing through the park’s powerful telescopes. It adds up to a grand celebration of the work by Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and the pride of New Concord. No matter how successful Glenn was in his day to day life, he never forgot his New Concord roots.

Glenn also was a longtime U.S. Senator representing Ohio, adding to his resume of public service.

Sadly, he died in 2016 at the age of 95.

But now the astronomy park offers today’s children and parents a chance to learn about space. And they’ll have space pioneer John Glenn’as memory for inspiring the idea. The John Glenn Astronomy Park is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing with visitors the wonders of the sky, both day and night.

In recent times, a view of the night sky has been the inspiration in many young people for lifelong passion for science in general.

An astronomy park in the Hocking Hills State park was inspired by our vanishing night sky. The Hocking Hills, in rural southeastern Ohio, is one of the few areas left in the state where the night sky can be seen in its near pristine state. The observatory provides a venue for visitors to the Hocking Hills State park to experience the night sky through a large telescope and with their eyes.

The entrance to the John Glenn Astronomy Park is about 0.9 miles to the West of the Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center along route 664. Most visitors will take route 33 to Logan Ohio and exit on Route 664. The Hocking Hills State Park is 11 winding miles down this road.

Check it out and have a fun time.